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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

250 S Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
877-446-9261
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Ranked #11 of 390 Attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Military Museums
Owner description: Visit the West Coast's only Battleship! Celebrate the American Spirit by stepping through time on the 70 year-old teak decks of Battleship IOWA. Your... more » Owner description: Visit the West Coast's only Battleship! Celebrate the American Spirit by stepping through time on the 70 year-old teak decks of Battleship IOWA. Your tour will take you through the spaces used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, numerous 5-Star Admirals, Top Ranking Naval Officers and thousands of Enlisted Sailors. You'll love getting up close to the giant 16" Guns, feeling 18" of cold solid steel in the Captain's Bridge, seeing the evolution of weaponry from WWII through the Cold War, hearing first-hand stories from Navy veterans, and experiencing life as a Sailor on the "Big Stick". Your family will be awed by IOWA's proud, historic legacy as one of the fastest and most powerful ships to ever set sail! Battleship IOWA hosts fun seasonal events throughout the year such as the Memorial Day Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Veterans Appreciation Day & more! The IOWA also offers private guided & group tours, school field trips, corporate outings and special event venues. Battleship IOWA is open everyday (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, with the last boarding and ticket sales at 4:00 pm. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Even though I don’t live far away, I’d never been on the Iowa, or any other military ship as far as I remember. In fact, I only visited the battleship because it was the location for a Yelp event. Yet, the self-guided tour of the ship turned out to be my favorite part of the event. It was really neat... More

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Provo, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

My wife and I, well I was excited, my wife was in awe, and we were not disappointed in touring the USS IOWA. This is a must see and feel. There are so few Battleships left for the general public to visit, take the time, take pictures, view inside and outside of the ship. Some of the ladders are steep... More

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Nassau, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It was like stepping back in time, all seemed to have just frozen. My son enjoyed the visit, he is age 7. My daughter was a little young and this was not as interesting to her. I love history, all kinds and this was a nice afternoon visit.

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Jupiter, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I went here and wasn't expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised to learn a great deal. Be aware that there are a lot of stairs/steps on the ship. If you do not have good knees or can't handle steep stairs BE AWARE! Still a great visit since there is an informative video on the deck in the shade. The... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It's very nice to see how USA citizens valorize it's national patrimony, not so old, that you can visit and walk thought checking how was to be a sailor, in one of the most important USA ship. Try to buy a combo ticket that allows you to go to the Pacific Aquarium, about 15 min far by car.

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California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Visited with my husband. First time on a battleship. We like the history about it. I think if my children were with us, they would not have enjoyed it as much as we did. It was interesting history to learn about.

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Strongsville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Was very glad that I got a chance to visit this ship that had performed so long in so many different campaigns. Plenty of veterans on board who can answer your questions. There are also areas that have AV displays showing how things were done 'back in the day'. Very impressive to see the upgrades during the 1980's that added... More

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Palm Desert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

It was amazing to see the workings of the ship and understanding how the men had to live while at sea. The parts of the ship we were allowed to see was very impressive. I know there are plans to allow tours of the lower part of the ship where all the work was done. Well worth the admission fee.

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Seal Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I toured this amazing place and were very fortunate because the two gentlemen in front of us were WWII vets. One had actually been on the Iowa during the war and gave us a tour from his perspective, noting changes which were made to accommodate modern weaponry. He was moved to tears several times and said this... More

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Torrance, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My cousin & I thoroughly enjoyed touring the ship. We are female & I want you to know it was very exciting. I surprised her on one of her trips to Sunny Cal. She was thrilled! Don't miss out on this fabulous bit of History. It does however have no wheelchair access. I would recommend you be able to climb... More

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